Highlights from the VT loss on Sunday courtesy of Raycom Sports…
Posted on 01 February 2010.
Highlights from the VT loss on Sunday courtesy of Raycom Sports…
Posted on 31 January 2010.
The Hokies showed a lot of character this afternoon crawling back from a 19 point deficit in the second half to challenge the canes in the final minutes, but only to come up short 82-75. Behind the play of some tenacious pressure defense, Tech had 7 steals and forced 11 turnovers in the second half to trim the double-digit miami lead to single digits. With just over 30 seconds remaining and miami leading 75-70, the canes missed a front end of a 1-and-1. The Hokies rebounded with a chance to make it a one possession game. Malcolm Delaney drove the ball down the lane only to miss a wild, off-balance shot. That was the Hokies last chance to steal a victory as the canes went on to make their free throws and stretch the lead beyond the Hokies reach.
It was a tale of two halves for the Hokies on defense. Tech came into the game leading the conference in scoring defense, and the Hokies showed that in the second half. In addition to the opportunity in the final 30 seconds, Tech had several other prime chances earlier in the second half to cut the lead to less than 5 points, but just couldn’t convert on offense.
Dorenzo Hudson led the Hokies with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Jeff Allen pitched in 19 and J.T. Thompson scored 14. Malcolm Delaney had a bit of an off-night on offense today, going 0 for 5 from three point lead and scoring 16 total, which is about 4 points under his average. It is the second straight game that Malcolm has not made a three-pointer.
After the Hokies got out to a 4-0 start, the canes outscored Tech by 21 points to take a 47-30 lead at the half. The canes shot 70% from the field in the first half, including 5 of 8 from three point territory. The first half today was the exact opposite of the first half in the first meeting between these two teams in Blacksburg. The Hokies shot lights out in the first half of the game in Blacksburg. Not this time around. Tech shot 38% from the field in the first half, including 2 of 9 from the three point line. miami made the Hokies look pitiful on defense as Tech gave up the most points in the first half all season. miami spread things around with 11 assists and 10 players scoring. Only Delaney, Allen, and Hudson scored for the Hokies in the first half.
As the first half was winding down with the Hokies trailing by 8 to 10 points, you hoped Tech could repeat the late half spurts that they put together in Charlottesville on Thursday. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. Dorenzo Hudson made two critical fouls on three-pointers that helped miami stretch their lead eventually to 17. Another key factor in the first half was Malcolm Delaney picking up 2 fouls in the first nine minutes of the game.The Hokies did hang tough with him out of the lineup, but you don’t know what could have happened if Malcolm had played his normal minutes in the first half. He did eventually return before the end of the half.
All in all, you have to be happy with a split on the road this week and I’d rather have the win at uva than at miami. With unc and clemson coming up at home this week, I’d be happy with another 1-1 week.
Posted on 29 January 2010.
Don’t forget to come to the Clarendon Hard Times to watch the game and enjoy free bar nachos (with $10 purchase)!
Let’s hope there isn’t a hangover from Thursday’s big win! A win here would give the Hokies their second ACC road win and put Tech in prime position to finish 8-8 or better in the conference and get a NCAA bid.
The c-a-n-e-s canes blew into Blacksburg with hurricane-like force on January 13th. The u stood at 15-1. Two and a half weeks later the canes are wheezing worse than someone having an asthma attack, having lost four games in a row, including an 81-66 loss to the Hokies:
The Hokies led by as many as 35 in the first half that game, taking the canes behind the woodshed early. The key for the Hokies was hot three-point shooting. Tech hit 7 of 9 from deep in the first half. The Hokies shot 62% from the field as a whole (18/29). miami did get within 15 somewhat early in the second half, but Tech kept the canes at arm’s length the rest of the contest. Tech shot just 29% (7/24) and were 0/7 on threes in yet another example of a poor second half for the Hokies. Luckily, it didn’t matter since VT led by 27 at the half.
Since then, it hasn’t been much better. The canes lost by 18 at uva, by 4 at home to bc (the eagles swept them), and by 22 at maryland. In all three road contests (including the VT game), they trailed by at least 20 at some point, and by at least 34 in the VT and terps games. In the bc game, the u blew a 17 point second half lead. Needless to say, they are reeling.
Here’s all you have to know how bad the canes have played in the ACC – they are last in the ACC in scoring (in conference games) at 64 ppg and second to last in scoring defense at 73.8 ppg. That’s how you get to be 1-5 and in last.
That said, home teams are 25-10 in league action, so any win on the road is a blessing. The canes are 1-1 at home, beating the now surging wake forest demon deacons and losing to the bc eagles. Don’t expect this to just be a cake-walk for the Hokies.
Keys to Winning:
Quick Start: Expect one of two things from the canes on Sunday: A) Head Coach Frank Haith has lit a fire in them all week in practice and they will come out and play inspired ball, or B) they will come out flat and uninterested as they did Tuesday. Even if they do come out fired up, if the Hokies can build an early lead as they have in most of their ACC contests, expect miami to lay down and not put up much of a fight the rest of the way.
Going Deep: miami leads the ACC in threes per game, hitting 8.1. They did make 6 against Tech the first time… but on 27 attempts. The canes were just 2/10 at the half. If Tech can take this part of their game away again, it will really limit the offensively challenged canes. But teams do shoot better at home. On offense, we can’t expect the Hokies to hit 7 of 9 first half threes again. Hopefully they can hit open looks though over the course of the game.
DC vs JA: Dwayne Collins has gone just 2/10 and averaged just 6.5 ppg in the last two meetings with VT. He had 23 points on 7/10 shooting in the OT loss in miami last year. Will that Collins show up or the more recent one? He was benched for the start of the maryland game this week but did play with some fire towards the end of the game (after they were down 30). We’ll see if Collins shows that early in this game. Jeff Allen has averaged over 13 ppg in the last three meetings against the canes. He had 14 against the canes in Blacksburg. Tech needs him to have a big game, especially since you can’t count on a hot three-point effort again and because miami doesn’t have anyone that can stop him inside.
|Guard||23 Delaney – 6?3?||3 Grant – 6?1?|
|Guard||5 Hudson – 6?5?||23 Dews – 6?4?|
|Forward||1 Bell – 6?6?||31 Jones – 6?6?|
|Forward||0 Allen – 6?7?||20 McGowan – 6?9?|
|Forward||14 Davila – 6?8?||21 Collins – 6?8?|
|Bench||33 Thompson – 6?6?||1 Scott – 6?5?|
|Bench||11 Green – 6?4?||30 Thomas – 6?7?|
|Bench||24 Boggs – 6?4?||42 Johnson – 6?9?|
|Bench||4 Raines – 6?9?||45 Gamble – 6?9?|
Since the two teams played just 2 1/2 weeks ago, here’s the link to the preview from then if you would like more on the canes and for my interview with our canes buddy, Kartik Krishnaiyer:
01/07 vs. syracuse, 9 p.m., ACCN
01/11 vs. boston college, noon, RSN
01/15 vs. clemson, 7 p.m., RSN
01/19 @ notre dame, 6 p.m., ESPNU
01/22 vs. wake forest, 7 p.m., RSN
01/25 @ virginia, 3 p.m., ACCN
01/29 @ boston college, 7 p.m., RSN
02/01 vs. maryland, noon, ACCN
02/05 @ florida state, 9 p.m., RSN
02/08 @ pittsburgh, noon, RSN
02/15 vs. miami, 6 p.m., RSN
02/18 vs. virginia, 9 p.m., ACCN
02/22 vs. nc state, 2 p.m., RSN
02/25 @ duke, 7 p.m, ESPNU
03/01 vs. north carolina, 2:30 p.m, ACCN
03/04 @ maryland, 8 p.m., ACCN
03/08 @ georgia tech, 2 p.m, ESPN/ESPN2